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Latest Cape 31 at Royal Irish Yacht Club Brings Irish Fleet to Five

7th August 2022
The latest Cape 31 to arrive in Ireland, 'Blast' is on the deck of the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The latest Cape 31 to arrive in Ireland, 'Blast' is on the deck of the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour

The latest Cape 31 arrival at the Royal Irish Yacht Club is the first of the new ultra-modern sportsboats into Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

The new addition to Dublin Bay brings the Irish fleet to five, with three boats already racing in Howth and one at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour since May.

Named 'Blast' with white topsides and striking hull graphics, the underwater appendages are painted bright orange.

It's not the only RIYC Cape 31, however, as UK-based Niall Dowling is already on the international circuit with his blue-hulled Arabella.

As regular Afloat readers know, the inaugural Irish Cape 31 National Championships were won last month by Anthony O'Leary's Antix

O'Leary competed at last week's Calves Week in West Cork along with Dan O'Grady's Aja, and both showed their pace on the final day

Meanwhile, the Wright brothers' Howth-based Adrenaline was competing in Cowes Week on the Solent with the very strong and pro-sailed Cape 31 British fleet.

The new Cape 31 was designed by Wicklow based Mark Mills as a simple, clean, high-performance One Design, and it's been turning heads at some of the world's biggest sailing centres.

Irish interest in the South African-inspired racer originally from Howth and Cork Harbour and from some very experienced crews seeking a racing boat with 'no pretences towards cruising'. Team

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At A Glance – Cape 31

LOA 9.56 m
Draft 2.45m
Beam 3.1 m
IRC Rating 1.15

Yacht Builder Mills Design
Model Cape 31
Performance Level Performance Racer

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